News for Thursday 110818
Compiled By Dave Graichen
Kayla Giles will return to court tomorrow, this time for a hearing on a motion to quash her indictment on 1st degree murder charges. Giles is charged with murdering her estranged husband, 30-year-old Thomas Coutee back on September 8th, in the Walmart parking lot on Coliseum Boulevard . Coutee, who was shot once in his chest, died at the scene.
One day before jury selection in his trial was to begin, 45 year old Christopher McGrew of Pineville took a deal. McGraw was facing 102 total felony counts, including 9 counts of aggravated incest, three counts of first-degree rape, three counts of computer sex solicitation and 87 counts of pornography with juveniles. On Monday, all the incest charges, one rape charge and 84 of the pornography charges were dropped.
Two juveniles are in custody after a threat was made via social media against Brame Middle School, but police have determined it wasn't credible. The Alexandria school has not been put on lock down Wednesday, but the Alexandria Police Department has an "increased presence" at the school as a precaution.
Democrats are taking control of the U-S House and Louisiana’s Republican Congressional delegation is reacting. Senator John Kennedy says he hopes the Dems will stay away from investigations on the president and work on issues like healthcare. Meanwhile, Congressman Steve Scalise of Jefferson Parish has told colleagues that he plans to run for Minority Whip.
The special election for the Secretary of State’s seat is headed for a run-off between the interim holder of the position, Republican Kyle Ardoin and a relatively unknown Democratic candidate Gwen Collins-Greenup. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the success of the latter candidate caught some off guard. Collins-Greenup, a black minister and entrepreneur from East Feliciana Parish, holds a law degree.
The turnout in Louisiana for Tuesday’s election was 49-percent. Will next year’s governor’s race see that kind of turnout? The turnout for the gubernatorial primary in 2015 was just 39-percent. La-Politics-dot-com publisher Jeremy Alford says voters will not pay attention to the governor’s race until mid-summer, but that will not stop the candidates from raising money…
All six of Louisiana’s U-S House of Representatives were re-elected Tuesday by wide margins. Mike Johnson will represent the 4th district for a second term. Johnson says he is also in a race to be the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, the largest caucus of Republicans in the Congress and that decision will be made later this month…
Democrats came up well short of challenging any of the five Republican incumbent Congressmen this year, with none of their candidates even cracking 40 percent of the vote. It’s the continuation of a two decade trend that’s led to Republican dominance of the Bayou State, and political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says that’s not likely to change any time soon.
U.S. Representative Clay Higgins says the Democratic takeover of the House does not bode well for a conservative agenda or the state’s Congressional delegation’s ability to pass legislation helpful for Louisiana. With five of our six Congressmen now in the minority party, Higgins says the Bayou State will be hard pressed to get the legislation it needs through the lower chamber. Reports indicate the state’s lone Democrat, Cedric Richmond, could be pursuing a high level leadership role in the House.
Voters in 47 of 64 parishes have decided online fantasy sports games should be legal in their parish. The opens the door for FanDuel and Draft Kings to operate in select areas. River Ridge Republican Representative Kirk Talbot, who triggered the ballot initiative, said he didn’t expect to get more than 40 parishes on board. As for the next steps with how to handle the passages that took place, Talbot says he’ll pitch a more detailed plan in the 2019 session that begins in April. Talbot says he will look at other states for how to handle the additional tax revenue from the newly legalized activity.
The Saints add a new face in the receiving core: former Cowboy star Dez Bryant. The outspoken wide out has been without a team since his release in April, but had a try out in New Orleans this that apparently well. NFL analyst Mike Detillier says Coach Sean Payton has always been a big fan of Bryant. Bryant will join Mike Thomas and rookie Trequan Smith in a receiving core that’s lacked depth this year.